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288 – Oct-15 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

The power of Whitefield tormented him

 

1770 – Benjamin Randall was saved. He was born on Feb. 7, 1741, in the township of New Castle, New Hampshire. His father was a sea captain and young Benjamin pursued that way of life until he was eighteen. He was raised a Congregationalist and in 1770 had been privileged to hear George Whitefield during his last tour of America. He opposed the great English preacher but was drawn back to the services. He said later that, “The power with which he spoke was a torment to me.” Furthermore he determined to hear him preach one more time but before he could hear him Whitefield had died. The announcement pierced his heart with conviction and he confessed later to thinking, “Whitefield is now in heaven and I am on the road to hell.” This led him to Heb. 9:26 – “But now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” That truth led him to salvation. The birth of his third child led him to consider infant baptism and realized that he could not bow to that doctrine, but concluded that he needed to be immersed himself and was baptized into the Baptist church of Berwick, Maine. He began preaching, rejected Calvinism, espoused universal atonement, universal grace, and a universal call of the gospel. But he did not preach “universalism,” which claims automatic salvation to all men. He also came to the Baptist conviction that no tie should exist between state and church. Mr. Randall created a circuit of preaching meetings in N.H., Vermont, and Maine that gave shape to the growing Freewill tradition. He pastored his church in Durham, N.H. until he died Oct. 22, 1808. [William Henry Brackney, The Baptists (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988), p. 248. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 564-66.]               Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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